Saturday, February 27, 2010

Kwik Sew 3617 - Brown Circle Print Top

I actually made this top several weeks ago, but never photographed it.  I mentioned it here.  While shopping before Christmas I noticed lots of gathered necklines and I found that I liked this detail.  I'm not one to wear ruffles or anything with lots of volume, so I was more drawn to the controlled gathering.

Kwik Sew 3617 isn't a new pattern for me.  I used it here and here.  I considered combining the two views - the neckline of View B with the long sleeves of View A.  Instead, I decided to just make the neckband of View A gathered.

Kwik Sew 3617
I was so tired when the Preacher took this picture.  Apparently, too tired to even straighten out my shirt.  Pardon those wrinkles on my right side.  I took a nap right after this picture was taken.  :)

It was a pretty simple change.  I just cut a strip of fabric the same width as the neckband pattern piece and twice as long as the neck opening.  I gathered both edges and sewed it to the neck edge.  Since I cut a straight strip, the lower edge of the band is less gathered than the top edge.  Then I attached the neck band facing at the top edge, understitched it and stitched in the ditch along the lower band edge to keep it down.  I did press the gathers since it looked a little poofy when I was done.

Kwik Sew 3617

The only other alterations I made were adding length to the body and the sleeves, but since it was awhile ago, I don't remember how much I added.

Kwik Sew 3617

This fabric is rayon jersey and feels great.  But, there are some problems with it.  First of all, I don't really like to wear prints.  I like them on other people.  I like them on the bolt.  I don't like them on me.  This is a recent discovery.  Second, prints with circles can be particularly tricky to sew and wear.  Check out this post.  I saw this right before I cut into my fabric.  I tried to be careful with print placement when cutting out and for the most part, I think I avoided the bullseye effect. However, I will still feel a bit self-conscious wearing this.  This top isn't going to be one of my favorite things and I plan to wear this under a jacket most of the time, so I'm not too concerned.

Next up:  I'll tell you about this jacket, which is now (finally) finished.

5 comments:

  1. I like how it fits you and the color suits you. You did a great job with the circle placements!

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  2. Very cute, I love your variation. The print looks great - it suits you!

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  3. I think the colors and scale of that print are just right on you.

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  4. Very cute top, the print looks so nice on you.

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  5. This looks great on you. The neckline change and the print dress it up.

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